This week's music is by Ara Malikian RAE ARGENTINA TO THE WORLD

Migrants and Refugees

He is one of the most renowned violinists in the current international music scene. Born in Lebanon to an Armenian émigré family after escaping the Turkish pogroms of 1923, Malikian began studying violin at the age of five with his father. His talent was recognized early on. He spent his childhood in the midst of the Lebanese civil war and, as he remembers, his classes often took place in air raid shelters.

At the age of 14 he was awarded a scholarship to study at an academy in Berlin, from which he moved to another academy in London. And then, international success. Malikian is one of the few violinists who performs recitals for violin only with programs dedicated to integrals such as Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Eugène Ysaÿe’s 6 Sonatas and Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. He currently lives in Zaragoza (Spain).





Organizations of street vendors and migrant associations denounced in a statement this week the “democratic masquerade” with which the government of the city of Buenos Aires “seeks to cover up the policies of persecution and repression of the migrant population”. According to the statement, “the program ‘Hello, I am a migrant’ presents itself as a guide to rights and access to services for migrants and was developed by the City of Buenos Aires Government” pretending to be inclusive and progressive, in contradiction with the real policies of the capital’s authorities.

Omar Guaraz, a street vendor and general secretary of the Street Vendors’ Union, denounced it is “the presentation in society of a modern city, a State that supposedly cares about the daily life of migrants, when in reality it is quite the opposite”. And he highlighted that the street vendors “are mostly Senegalese, Bolivian, Peruvian and Venezuelan migrants, and last year alone there were 1,200 Senegalese vendors arrested, in Once and Flores (two neighborhoods in the city) alone.



The Canadian federal government launched a program to allow Canadian cities and towns “to choose migrants who will become their new residents, based on their local labour needs,” the Canadian public broadcaster CBC said this week. The program includes an immigration plan that aims to attract one million new residents within three years and was presented by the Liberal Party, which promises to create a municipal program to give chambers of commerce a voice in the selection of migrants according to their local needs.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said this program “is a new path to permanent residence and another example of Canadian innovation in immigration”. Canada, the second-largest country in the world, has a rapidly aging population of 37 million. Currently, 75 percent of population growth is due to immigration and is expected to reach 80 percent by 2031.

This is particularly important for workers of retirement age and those who will reach it in the next decade. The ratio of workers to retirees is four to one, but by 2035 it is projected to be two to one. One in five Canadians are immigrants, according to the report. Since 1990, more than six million have arrived in the country. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen himself was born in Somalia and emigrated when he was 16.

Canada’s new immigration drive coincides with increased restrictions in the United States on this issue.